Setting a Stylish Holiday Table
October 27, 2011
G’day all! I’m so excited about the Tablescape Link Party I announced yesterday, so I couldn’t wait to share some inspiring ideas with you! Setting a table is so much fun, because the table is that place where people gather to do two of the very best things in life: eat and talk. Eating and talking, talking and eating, really does it get much better than that? I don’t think so.
I rounded up a bunch of inspiration for you and some tips for setting a stylish table with ideas for all of the upcoming holidays, so here we go!
Choose the Classics. You can’t go wrong when you opt for the traditional palettes we associate with each holiday, whether it’s the warm amber hues of Thanksgiving, the blues and whites of Hanukkah, or the classic red and white of Christmas.
Add Menus and/or Place Cards. Everyone loves a menu card announcing the meal that’s to come, and appreciates the personalization of a table set with seasonal place cards.
Dine in the Great Outdoors. Who says when the temperature drops all dining must take place indoors? Don’t hesitate to set up and serve a meal outside when the view makes it worthy to linger, weather permitting.
Think Unexpected. When styling a holiday table there really are no rules, so ignore traditional palettes and get creative with unpredictable color. Style your holiday table with bold pink, blue, or even vivid violet and everyone will do a double take.
Add Some Sparkle. The holidays are always an excuse to bring a little bling to the table and a little glitz and sparkle will set the mood.
Play with Natural Elements. If sparkle isn’t your thing, go natural instead. Consider all those things in nature that are not only beautiful but often free, like leaves, acorns, branches, pinecones, greenery and found botanicals.
Chair Flair. The backs of your chairs are just one more place to add a decorative detail. Boxwood swags, mini wreaths, or even ornaments tied up with string add one more layer to set the scene.
Keep It Simple. At the end of the day, the simplest tablescapes are just as stylish as the elaborate ones. All it takes to pull of a great holiday table is a few springs of greenery and some colorful bulbs to set the mood.
An ornament on a plate and a napkin wrapped in Tiffany blue ribbon coupled with a tight floral arrangement complete this simple yet sophisticated setting.
Float evergreen springs in champagne flutes for a simple yet stunning display.
Spray paint a pinecone in silver and embellish with greenery and ribbon on white dishes for an elegant touch.
Matthew Mead, via HGTV
If you’ve ever wondered where everything goes when you’re setting the table, here’s a helpful diagram for all settings casual to formal.
I hope you’re inspired to join in on the fun and set a holiday table in your home for the Tablescape Link Party on November 30th that I announced yesterday. All of the fall and winter holidays are included (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years…).